Just want to let my followers – the few and the faithful – know I’m still here even though I’m behind in my blogging (and commenting). My world for the moment has been reduced to bouncing between work and cleaning out dear Eleonora’s home. With the occasional youth football game thrown in.
It’s been an experience.
There have been aw’s – “Aw, look at these cards the boys made her when they were little.”
And aw’s – “Aw, Mama, you were supposed to use this stuff.” (unused Christmas gifts tucked safely away in the closet)
And oh hell’s – “Oh hell, how can I go through her recipes and find the family favorites? They’re all written in Polish!”
Then came the “Oh, wow, look at this!”
Going through her personal documents, my husband found the travel papers, boat tickets, permits, etc. from their emigration to the United States in 1951. There were also papers from the refugee camps they’d been living in since the end of the war and from the forced labor farm where Eleonora and her husband Tony had been prisoners during the years before that.
History in a tattered, yellowed envelope.
Got to get back to it. We have to be done by the end of the month. If you can, send some positive energy to keep me going.